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Greenbelt police have identified the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident Wednesday as three-time Green Party congressional candidate Robert "Bob" Shipley Auerbach, 92, of Greenbelt.

Auerbach, a retired librarian and lifelong peace activist, had been nominated as the 2012 Green Party candidate for the Fifth Congressional District seat, currently held by Steny Hoyer. Auerbach received 1.5 percent of the vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Auerbach won the Green Party nomination for the District 5 seat in 2002 and again in 2004. In 2006, he won the Green Party nomination for comptroller of Maryland, according to his biography on the Green Party website.

He ran on a platform of military nonintervention, sustainable development, renewable energy and election reform, according to his campaign website.

According to police reports, Auerbach was crossing the southbound lanes of Hanover Parkway on Wednesday near Ora Glen Drive walking toward the U.S. Post Office when he was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Hanover Parkway.

Auerbach died at 11:15 p.m. that evening, police said.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was a light silver Mercedes-Benz sedan with possible front-end damage, police said.

During the investigation, police said officers recovered the vehicle and the suspected driver has also been identified, though police have not released the suspectís identity.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Greenbelt traffic officer at 301-474-7200.

janfenson-comeau@gazette.net